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Axios Presents A Both Sides Master Class
Guys, Axios tells us something we already knew, but they have their Smart Brevity ® way of telling us about it with lotsa graphs and stuff (which I am not going to try to embed, you can visit them if you want to see their YUGE brains pulsating with thoughts and whatnot):
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Trust in news collapses to historic low
Americans’ confidence in newspapers and television news has plummeted to an all-time low, according to the latest annual Gallup survey of trust in U.S. institutions.
Why it matters: The erosion of trust in media is one of the most significant signs of deepening polarization in America.
Now, you may be asking yourself this: do these Axios people have ANY SELF AWARENESS? Haha, I jest: of course not.
¡GASP! The enemy of the people is not beloved by MAGA? Color me shocked.
Details: Television news is today considered the second-least trusted institution in the country, following Congress, according to the poll.
[Insert gratuitous Upchuck Todd joke here; any will serve.]
- While other institutions have also experienced precipitous declines, including banks and the medical system, others — like small business and the military — have held steady over the past few decades.
I trust the military, too. I won’t say what I trust it to do, but believe me, I make bank. But I digest. Do continue
By the numbers: The trust fall in the news media been driven mostly by Republicans, according to the data.
- Just 5% of Republicans said they had “a great deal or quite a lot of confidence” in newspapers, compared to 35% of Democrats.
- Only 8% of Republicans said they had “a great deal or quite a lot of confidence” in TV news, compared to 20% of Democrats.
- Independents’ views are generally closer to Republicans’.
By now, you might have already noticed a trend. The article says that Americans have lost their faith, but the data shows it is Republicans. What’s up with that?
The big picture: The media trust gap between Democrats and Republicans began to widen during the the Bush and Obama administrations, but grew dramatically during the Trump era and has continued to widen.
In other words, Republicans went off the rails. Democrats didn’t.
Axios want you to believe that it is both sides who are slipping out of reality’s grasp, but the data shows the gap is all on the Right. Well Done, Axios.
Now we don’t trust YOU.